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on steroids

In a bigger or more intense form than normal. Likened to a person taking steroids (performance-enhancing drugs) to abnormally increase their strength, stamina, etc. Yikes, did you hear that? It sounded like a car engine on steroids.
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on steroids

If you describe something as being on steroids, you mean it is an extreme example of that thing. He described the firm as an IT services company on steroids. The new instrument is described as a traditional electric guitar on steroids. Note: Steroids are drugs that some athletes take, often illegally, in order to give them more energy and improve their performance.
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on steroids

In a very large, enhanced, or exaggerated form: "a weapon one observer had called an M16 on steroids" (Stephen Coonts).
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Health education that contains a unit on steroids and close communication with the student body, she says, should do the trick.
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Men hooked on steroids in the Michigan study also reported more instances of temper outbursts, arguments and fights.
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